Rhian Keyse

Personal details





St Cross College, University of Oxford

MSc African Studies Dissertation title: "By my very nature, I cannot kill": Gendered narratives in the trials of women accused of genocide in Rwanda. Supervisor: Professor William Beinart Mentor: Dr. Matteo Rizzo Supported by: Glamorgan Further Education Trust Fund and Oxford African Studies Research Grant


Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge

BA (Hons) History Dissertation title: Female participation in the Rwandan genocide, 1994 Supervisor: Dr. Stacey Hynd Supported by: Nigel Chancellor Fund


Professional/research experience

2012 - 2013:

Independent Domestic and Sexual Violence Advocacy Service Manager, Safer Wales Ltd.

I managed two of the UK's leading domestic abuse services, which provide a high-quality frontline service to men and women assessed as being at high risk of serious harm/homicide due to domestic or sexual violence, forced marriage, "honour"-based violence, or female genital mutilation. I was responsible for developing a specialist substance misuse and domestic violence project, and developed expertise on elder abuse within the project. As well as supervising a team of staff, I was responsible for developing the strategic direction of the service, and took a leading role in local strategic and policy partnerships.


Research Assistant, African Studies Centre, University of Oxford

Research Assistant to Professor David Anderson, working on an AHRC-funded project investigating Somali resistance to colonial rule in Northern Kenya.


CV: Membership of Professional Bodies/Professional Qualifications


History of Black Girlhood Network


Member of Royal African Society


Member of African Studies Association UK


Accredited Independent Domestic Violence Adviser

Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse/Open College Network accredited Independent Domestic Violence Adviser.

I successfully completed this qualification which enables me to provide support and advocacy to the highest risk victims of domestic abuse, those considered to be at highest risk of serious harm and/or homicide.